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COMELEC-Iloilo ramps up preparation for 2023 BSKE

ILOILO CITY (PIA6) – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC)-Iloilo together with other concerned government agencies are already ramping up their preparations, including the security measures in the communities, for the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections on Oct. 30, 2023.

Provincial Election Supervisor and concurrent City Election Officer Atty. Reinier Layson, in a press conference on Sept. 6, 2023 said that COMELEC-Iloilo together with the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be visiting all the districts in the province and city of Iloilo starting Sept. 11 until 18 to check the status of the community and determine if there are intense political rivalries in the areas.

The said assessment will be one of the bases if a particular barangay will be considered as an “area of concern” “(AOC) or election hotspot, according to Layson.

“We need to know kung sin o ang mga players, sin-o ang mga candidates nga mabungguanay sa kada barangay. We need to assess every one of them if may ara gid man nga naga exist sang intense political rivalry among them… We will discuss the possible areas of concern natun for the coming BSKE. After we’ve processed in our level, the PJSCC (Provincial Joint Security Control Center), the possible list of areas of concern, we will elevate the same to the Regional Joint Security Control Center (RJSCC),” Layson said.

The COMELEC-Iloilo also met with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the preparations of the teaching and non-teaching personnel that will serve as electoral board members.

Layson noted that a series of training for the members of the electoral board, including the technicians, will be conducted on Sept. 16 until Oct. 22. The training will also be scheduled on weekends so that teachers can still focus on their teaching responsibilities on the weekdays.

COMELEC-Iloilo also reminded the candidates about early campaigning that they may knowingly or unknowingly perform before the official campaign period; and to avoid doing other prohibited acts like vote buying, urging them to be honest as they aspired to be the leaders of their community.

Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director Police Colonel Joeresty Coronica, on the other hand, reminded the public to not vote for those candidates who are linked to illegal drugs.

“Sa mga kandidato naman, indi sila magbaton sang kontribusyon sa mga durogista kay ti kon magbaton sila ano gina-expect nila? Ang barangay officials mga miembro sang BADAC, kon sila ma-impluwensyahan sang durogista, ano nga information ang ma-expect mo nga makuha sa barangay?” Coronica added.

Meanwhile, Layson noted that post vacancies after the election due to disqualification or cancellation of certificates of candidacy (COC) should not be a matter of concern as there is a large number of candidates for the BSKE.

Data from COMELEC Iloilo indicated that there are 58,552 BSKE candidates in the province this year, which include 3,896 individuals who will run for barangay captain, 30,049 for barangay kagawad, and 24, 616 for SK; while a total of 6,760 aspirants will run in Iloilo City, which composed of 396 individuals who will run for barangay captain, 3,599 for barangay kagawad, and 2,765 for SK. (AAL/JNH/PIA6 Iloilo)

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